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    Family Treatment of Personality Disorders: Advances in Clinical Practice, Edited by Malcolm M. MacFarlane
    This book examines the application of marital and family therapy approaches to the treatment of a wide range of personality disorders. Valuable on its own and doubly useful as a companion volume to Family Therapy and Mental Health: Innovations in Theory and Practice (Haworth), the book integrates traditional individual models with family systems models to provide a multidimensional approach to treating personality disorders.

    Each chapter is written by a family therapist with extensive experience treating personality disorders and includes a case example, an exploration of the impact of the disorder on family members, a look at cultural and gender issues, and an examination of how the model is integrated with traditional psychiatric services and the use of medication.

    Family Treatment of Personality Disorders is a single, accessible source for significant contributions to the emerging literature on family treatment approaches that, until now, have been scattered through journals representing a variety of disciplines.

    Family Treatment of Personality Disorders focuses on specific DSM-IV personality disorders, including: borderline, narcissistic, histrionic, obsessive-compulsive, passive-aggressive, avoidant, dependent and paranoid. A solid resource for clinicians treating mental health problems and for academic work in family psychopathology and family therapy and mental health. - 10-Oct-2003 - Hits: 863 - Rate This | Details
    Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet
    Sherry Turkle is rapidly becoming the sociologist of the Internet, and that's beginning to seem like a good thing. While her first outing, The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit, made groundless assertions and seemed to be carried along more by her affection for certain theories than by a careful look at our current situation, Life on the Screen is a balanced and nuanced look at some of the ways that cyberculture helps us comment upon real life (what the cybercrowd sometimes calls RL). Instead of giving in to any one theory on construction of identity, Turkle looks at the way various netizens have used the Internet, and especially MUDs (Multi-User Dimensions), to learn more about the possibilities available in apprehending the world. One of the most interesting sections deals with gender, a topic prone to rash and partisan pronouncements. Taking as her motto William James's maxim "Philosophy is the art of imagining alternatives," Turkle shows how playing with gender in cyberspace can shape a person's real-life understanding of gender. Especially telling are the examples of the man who finds it easier to be assertive when playing a woman, because he believes male assertiveness is now frowned upon while female assertiveness is considered hip, and the woman who has the opposite response, believing that it is easier to be aggressive when she plays a male, because as a woman she would be considered "bitchy." Without taking sides, Turkle points out how both have expanded their emotional range. Other topics, such as artificial life, receive an equally calm and sage response, and the first-person accounts from many Internet users provide compelling reading and good source material for readers to draw their own conclusions. - 7-Jan-2003 - Hits: 355 - Rate This | Details
    Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
    From the psychologist, Marsha Linehan, who's developed the only therapy shown to be effective in treating the axis two Borderline Personality Disorder. The various chapters cover inter and intra personal awareness and communication, identifying emotions and their purpose, distress tollerance, and crisis management. Even though I would highly recomend finding a DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) therapy group program, the book can be a very valuable resource to not only those with personality disorders but to those who could use a little help with family/freind communication, intense emotions and crisis situations. - 2-May-2004 - Hits: 640 - Rate This | Details
    The Men They Will Become: The Nature and Nurture of Male Character Top Rated
    Two more chapters, on honesty and cheating, from the book on strengthening the characters of boys, "The Men They Will Become," are available on this site.

    The gist of the author's argument is that both honesty and cheating have to do with trust. But mostly parents and teachers, despite our best intentions, fail to promote the former and to discourage the latter. This is because of our ignorance of children's deepest strivings for connection and their basic human rights, similar to those that we have encoded into our constitutional protections and legal principles. Too often we neglect these at home and in school, with unfortunate consequences.

    In the honesty chapter the author tries to demonstrate that "honesty is a complex and subtle subject, not so much an end in itself as a means of being responsible and respectful to the needs of others and of oneself. When honesty is at issue, there is usually something about the situation that makes being honest an act of courage. It isn't easy to be honest. Often the easy way is some version of dishonesty, which is why the dishonest way is so frequently taken.

    "Honesty is a principal ingredient in any establishment of trust. One person can't trust another deeply without believing that the interaction between them will be carried on at a high level of honesty. Trustful relations can bear the occasional white lie to be sensitive to the feelings of others, but not habitual dishonesty. Beyond the damage it does in specific situations, the reason we all are anxious about dishonesty is that it erodes trust. What misrepresentation of the truth will the person who is known to have been dishonest next put forth? When? For what motive?"

    In the chapter on cheating, the author closes with the following observation: "The great leap in trust possible in adolescence or later adulthood is for an individual to become trustworthy individually—even when it is not reciprocated. Trust has to be reciprocal in infancy or the infant develops basic mistrust. In childhood, trust is still basically reciprocal in the service of many ends of varying value. But an individual can decide to strive for general trustworthiness. Such an individual would choose not to cheat in financial matters, taxes, or professional responsibilities because he couldn't do so without breaking trust with someone, maybe someone he doesn't even know.

    "I believe males get to this highest level of trustworthiness only when they are inspired to it by encountering someone who embodies it. It is a level of character that is much more effectively caught than taught."

    Other chapters on the Web site address the following themes of male development: Discipline and Punishment, Self-Control, Teasing and Bullying, Early Adolescence, Late Adolescence, and Play and Sports. - 10-Dec-2003 - Hits: 851 - Rate This | Details
    The Survivor Personality
    Why Some People are Stronger, Smarter, and More Skillful at Handling Life's Difficulties... and How You Can Be, Too
    by Al Siebert, Ph.D.
    Perigee, Berkley Pub Group (ISBN: 0-399-52230-1)

    The Survivor Personality This remains one of the best books I have ever read and it is an appropriate read for anyone. In this updated edition of the book, the author discusses how best to make it through life and cope with all of its myriad of difficulties. While it's focus is on survivor issues, it really can help anyone.

    The updated version of this book retains its nineteen chapters, the author covers topics ranging from the importance of flexibility and empathy, to learning how to thrive and manage your own self-healing. Specific chapters deal with surviving emergencies, crises, and natural disasters. He offers useful advice in dealing with negative and angry people, which should be of help to almost anyone who reads this. The book includes specific guidelines for listening to survivors of extreme experiences (helpful for anyone who knows someone who has survived a traumatic experience, including family members and friends), how to cope and survive job loss and the job search process, and much more. The Appendix includes notes and references as well as a recommended reading list.

    The author has written a down-to-earth book which is an easy and enjoyable read. Peppered with the occasional graph to help illustrate an example, as well as dozens of stories from people's experiences, it is an excellent "how-to" book in how to become one of life's survivors. Resiliency and flexibility are key issues dealt with throughout this book. Highly recommended. 293 pages, softcover. - 4-May-2000 - Hits: 842 - Rate This | Details